Dharmatathata, Dharmatathatā, Dharma-tathata: 1 definition


Dharmatathata means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Dharmatathatā (धर्मतथता) refers to the “suchness of (all) dharmas”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly: “[...] Then he understands the suchness of transforming through the suchness of giving, the suchness of awakening through the suchness of transforming, the suchness of living being through the suchness of awakening, the suchness of the self through the suchness of living being, and the suchness of all dharmas (sarva-dharmatathatā) through the suchness of the self. This the suchness of all dharmas (sarva-dharmatathatā) is the absence of suchness, is not different from suchness, and nothing else but suchness. Since he gives a gift by understanding suchness, son of good family, this giving is the supramundane path of Bodhisattva”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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